The Clark County School District has failed in an attempt for a share of $400 million federal grant money from the Race to the Top District competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced the 61 finalists and CCSD was not on the list.
The $40 million the district would have been in the running for would have been used to help with education of their students and was not slated to be used on buildings or other infrastructure.
The Department of Education said Race to the Top applications were received from 372 parties with each having to submit how they would use the money to better personalize education for their students and how the money would be used.
"We were disappointed to learn we are not among the finalists for the most recent Race To The Top competition," CCSD spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said.
"The funding would have gone into the classrooms of our most at-risk schools. Despite this news, the district is committed to continuing our progress in academic achievement utilizing the resources we are allotted. The U.S. Department of Education does provide feedback on our application. It's called the 'technical review results,' and it takes weeks before we receive them."
Gov. Brian Sandoval's office issued a statement, "While we are disappointed Clark County's application was not a finalist, we are proud of the work done."
The governor had to step in last minute to get the teachers union's support. The Clark County School District said it was unclear if any actions to get the needed signatures had any impact.
Ruben Murillo from the Clark County Education Association said their agreement helped. He points to bigger issues.
"If we had a stabilized funding mechanism for education here in Nevada, we wouldn't have to go beg for $40 million for Race to the Top," said Murillo.
This all happening after voters in Clark County rejected a proposed tax hike to go towards school infrastructure earlier this month.
The only district in the Silver State that was named as one of the 61 finalists is the Carson City School District. The nominees will be narrowed down to 15 to 25 winners on or before Dec. 31. The winners will get between $5 million and $40 million for four years, depending on the size of the district.
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